A 22-year-old woman previously convicted of prostitution has accused an Orlando police officer of 20 years of having sex with her after arresting her but before taking her to jail. Several days after the arrest and still in jail, the woman explained to a guard what had happened. The woman claimed that the officer forced her to perform sexual acts and then threw $40 at her afterwards.
This alleged incident occurred in mid-October, and the police officer’s arrest followed nearly two months later. He now faces two sexual battery charges. There are other allegations that may seem to discredit the police officer, but these points only muddle the real issue of whether he sexually battered the woman.
The officer denied that woman accusing him went inside the Orlando Police Department substation where the alleged incident occurred. However, after authorities reminded him that they could check for fingerprints, the officer said she went inside to use the bathroom. The clerk at the gas station where the officer arrested the woman said the officer bought a cigar for the woman to smoke, but the officer denied this. The officer also said that he had destroyed a bag of marijuana that he found in the woman’s vehicle, but investigators think they found the same bag in the police officer’s patrol car.
While these points do not help the veteran police officer’s case, they certainly do not prove that the he sexually battered the woman. Because of the public’s deep contempt for sex-related crimes, many people are quick to judge those who have been accused of a sex crime. However, it’s important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It will be interesting to see what happens in this case.
Source: ClickOrlando, “Court records: Orlando officer had sex with arrested woman at police substation,” Dec. 4, 2012
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